Newgarden Fastest in Midday Mid-Ohio Warm-Up

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Varying approaches to Sunday’s warm-up session for the NTT IndyCar Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course resulted in a final order that differed from previous sessions with the pole sitter 19th fastest and Josef Newgarden at the top of the timesheet.

The 30-minute session, typically scheduled the morning of the race, got started at noon EDT due to the Mid-Ohio event’s late afternoon start. Of Newgarden’s 21 revolutions of the historic 2.258-mile venue, his 11th lap sent the No. 2 PPG Chevrolet to the top of the running order where it remained through to the checkered flag, 0.2585 seconds clear of Felix Rosenqvist.

A second rookie featured in the top three beyond Rosenqvist as Colton Herta, the fastest driver in two of the three practices that led into Saturday’s qualifying, ended warm-up with the third-quickest time. Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot placed fourth.

Championship challenger Alexander Rossi completed the session’s top five as the top Andretti Autosport representative with a 1:07.1796, compared to Newgarden’s 1:06.6442. Veteran pilots Sebastien Bourdais, Takuma Sato, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe filled the remainder of the top 10 positions, making it eight Hondas to just two Chevrolets in the group.

Notably, Newgarden’s Team Penske stablemates fell well below that section of the results with Simon Pagenaud in 15th and pole winner Power ending up 19th. The only drivers slower than Power were RC Enerson, Santino Ferrucci, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach, who was more than two seconds off the session-leading pace.

The IndyCar field will be back on track for the 90-lap race Sunday at 4:05 p.m. with live coverage on NBC beginning five minutes prior.

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